Eckenrode

John Eckenrode

Professor of Human Development and Director, Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, Cornell University
Areas of Expertise:
  • Inequality & the Middle Class
  • Family Policies
  • Children & Families

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About John

Eckenrode’s work focuses on child abuse and neglect, adolescence, early interventions such as home visiting, and translation research.

In the News

John Eckenrode's research on how income inequality correlates to maltreatment discussed in Deepa Fernandez, "Child Abuse Higher in Areas of Extreme Income Inequality," KPCC Southern California Public Radio, February 25, 2014.
John Eckenrode's research on how income inequality correlates to maltreatment discussed in Kathleen Raven, "Kids May Suffer in Gap between Haves and Have-Nots," Reuters, February 11, 2014.

Publications

"Income Inequality and Child Maltreatment in the United States" (with Elliott Smith, Margaret McCarthy, and Michael Dineen). Pediatrics (online-first article, February 2014).
Shows that higher levels of county-level income inequality is associated with higher rates of child abuse and neglect as reported to child protective service agencies. The effect is independent of poverty effects, although the inequality effect is strongest in the poorest counties.
"Primary Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect" in Violence against Women and Children: Consensus, Critical Analysis, and Emergent Priorities, edited by Mary. P. Koss, Jacquelyn W. White, and Alan E. Kazdin (American Psychological Association, 2011), 71-91.
Reviews what is known about the primary prevention of child abuse and neglect. Offers suggestions for improving the evidence base and conducting the next generation of research on what works in preventing child maltreatment.
"Long-Term Effects of Prenatal and Infancy Nurse Home Visitation on the Life Course of Youths: 19-Year Follow-Up of a Randomized Trial" (with Mary Campa, Dennis Luckey, Charles Henderson, Jr, Robert Cole, Harriet Kitzman, Elizabeth Anson, Kimberly Sidora-Arcoleo, Jane Powers, and David Olds). Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 164, no. 1 (2010): 9-15.
Reports on the effects of the Nurse Family Partnership program on children as they reach 19 years of age in the Elmira randomized controlled trial. Results showed continued program effects on reductions in criminal justice involvement, especially for girls. Girls in the program born to low-income and unmarried mothers also had a reduced risk for pregnancies and were less likely to be on public assistance than girls in the control group.